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Erin L.T. Ranney, PLLC


Phone:   (804) 318-1151  or (804) 212-5252
 

 

The Life of a Criminal Case in Virginia

The Life of a Criminal Case in Virginia


General Offense Facts

 

Type:

Misdemeanors, Felonies

 

Maximum punishment:

Misdemeanor - maximum of 12 months in jail, $2500 fine.

 

Felonies - maximum sentence is life in prison, miniumum is 1 year in prison.  Sentencing guidelines can impact greatly.  Virginia can impose the death penalty.

 

Interesting Facts:  A warrant for arrest can be obtained by a citizen complaint.  However, a felony citizen arrest warrant has to have a police report backing it or approval of the Commonwealth's Attorney.